Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Africa and the Arts: Advancing Intertextuality

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Africa and the Arts: Advancing Intertextuality

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Welcome to another fine edition of The Journal of Pan African Studies. In this issue we acknowledge our one hundredth subscriber, and organize around the themes of African redemption and the arts. In discourse on Africa, we explore: capitalism and development initiatives, how historically Black colleges and universities institutions in the U.S. can help Africa's development, how Pan-Africanism and Negritude theory can assist artist, the psychological theory of collective unconsciousness to understand the 10,000 year old African quest for independent education, the participatory democracy aspects of traditional Yoruba society, and the complex question of migration and terminal brain drain in Kenya. And secondly, in the arts, we engage discussion on: fact as fiction in a Nigerian centered novel, how another novel represents an effort to free Africa from the claws and shackles of imperialism, and in conclusion we provide a film review focused on four friends who initiated the Greensboro, NC sit-in movement, a paper on the human origins of rhetoric as an ethical prerogative in ancient Egypt, a conference call announcement, and a first for us, an electronic book on ancient Egyptian literature detailing basic social truths and ethics key to human development.

This construction interestingly corresponds the work of researchers in Timbuktu working to preserve tens of thousands of ancient texts (150,000 have been collected already) that date from the 13th century, used to teach some 25,000 scholars during the 16th century [see Libraries in the Sand Reveal Africa's Academic Past by Nick Tattersall via a November 11, 2006 Reuters report for details], and the First Pan African Cultural Congress organized by the African Union (www. …

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